Thursday, May 9, 2013

The 22nd Annual Arkansas River Cleanup

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) announces the 22nd Annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup on Saturday, May 18th from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm.

AHRA invites individuals and groups of all ages to help clean up the public lands and waters of the Arkansas River to maintain the health of the areas where we love to relax and recreate. Low flows and warm temperatures last year took a toll on the area. A lot of plastics, cans and other debris ended up in the bushes and grassy areas along the riverbanks.

"We need to get rid of this unwanted and unhealthy trash to protect and restore the resource and its vegetation and wildlife," said Rose Bayless of AHRA.

Individuals and groups can sign up on May 18, between 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center parking area on East Main Street in Buena Vista and the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett Street in Salida.

Volunteers will receive trash bags and a “CLEANUP” button that will serve as their ticket to the volunteer picnic from noon - 3:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Salida. Prizes will be given, so remember to save any unique and interesting trash items and bring them to the picnic for the “trash contest.”

"We count on the cooperation of our valued volunteers to make the cleanup a success. Each year over 200 volunteers pick up over a ton of garbage from sofas to soda bottles," said Bayless.

AHRA looks forward to seeing a good turnout on May 18 to give a little back to the river that gives so much to all of us! Call AHRA at 719-539-7289 or GARNA at 719-539-5106 for more information.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and the U.S. Forest Service sponsor the Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup.

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